March 2, 2023
Can placement of a lumber drain be billed separately with a cranial procedure? I heard that placing drains is not billable.
You are correct that placement of a drain in the surgical site/exposure is not separately billable. Placing a lumber drain via a separate incision ( in the back) during a cranial procedure is billable as it is in a separate anatomic location.
Report code 62272 if placed without fluoroscopic guidance and 62329 if fluoroscopy is used. The fluoroscopy is not separately billed.
*This response is based on the best information available as of 03/02/23.